Well, that was certainly something, wasn’t it? With 99% of precincts reporting this morning, here’s how it all shook out:
61.1% (419,339) – City Councilwoman Maribeth Cosgrove (R)
36.6% (250,805) – Mayor Joseph Wilders (D)
1.5% (10,211) – Lewis Armstrong (Lib)
.4% (3,025)- Leonard Pierce (Ind)
.38% (2,610) – Louis M. Armstrong (Green)
The polling had Cosgrove only a few points ahead of Wilders, so this landslide was a bit surprising. She is the city’s second female and its fourth African-American mayor.
Mayor-elect Cosgrove’s victory speech was very polite, forward-looking, etc., which is to say- kind of nice, but boring. Mayor Wilders’ concession speech, however- well, we’ll have a transcript up shortly.
As for the ballot measures- all, with the exception of the measure that would make “defrauding a restaurant a misdemeanor offense,” passed by at least a 2-to-1 margin. The city and its suburbs also swung for Obama by about 68%, overall.
– RJ White